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Surname Origins.... is a unique surname mapping service which brings over 20 years of  mapping experience to the desk of the family or surname researcher. We employ mapping techniques which produce the most detailed historical surname distribution maps on the internet.  We pride ourselves on creating reasonably priced high quality maps of England and Wales, Scotland, Ireland and The United States.

Surname Maps:

Surname distribution maps are a useful tool for both the family and surname researcher. It has long been recognized that many surnames remain close to their geographic point of origin. Consequently detailed historic distribution maps can provide valuable clues for researchers tracing a family's pedigree or the origins of a surname.

One of our most popular map options is a surname variant map which displays a surname, and several  "related" spelling variants on one map. The spelling variants are  frequently found in association with the primary surname and are often regional in nature.

The recommended reading section of the Surname Origins site provides an extensive list of books and downloadable articles which provide detailed background on the theory of surnames.

Why are our surname maps different?

  • Each map project is distinctive and will reflect your preferences and needs.
  • We can map a wide range of historical data sets.
  • We use parish, registration, or county (US) area units, to create highly detailed maps. We do not create maps based on county or state geographic units as the detail is insufficient  for meaningful analysis.
  • If you wish, we can use your surname data  bases to produce distribution map(s)
  • Our surname distribution maps can be rendered at the national, regional, county and in some instances the local scale
  • We can map single surnames or surnames and their variants on the same map.
  • We can accurately overlay the maps on historically appropriate map images
  • You determine the type of output, size and file format that suite your needs.

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